Training 2000 Apprentices Recognised At North West Aerospace Awards

Two apprentices studying with Blackburn-based Training 2000, the largest Group Training Association in England, have been recognised at the annual North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards (NWAA). 

The awards are part of the NWAA’s Take off In Aerospace Campaign aimed at encouraging young people in to the industry by changing the image of careers in aerospace and engineering sectors.

The glittering ceremony, held at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester on 28 November 2013, saw awards being given to the region’s best emerging talent, along with the training providers and companies which support their work.

Ryan Worthington, 20, from Preston, walked away with the ‘One to Watch’ trophy and Tamas Bodis, 39 from Chorley, received the runner-up prize in the Best Apprentice category. Both work for Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick.


Training 2000’s engineering manager, Paul Duerden, said: “The NWAA New Talent Awards celebrate the region’s best aerospace engineering apprentices and we are very proud that two of our apprentices have been recognised for their hard work and dedication.”

Martin Wright, Chief Executive Officer at NWAA, said: “The New Talent Awards ceremony is an important event for new engineers and technicians in the North West. These people are the future of our industry and it’s great to see the exciting activities they are involved in. It is essential that we recognise and reward this emerging talent to keep graduates and apprentices interested in the industry to address the skills gap currently facing aerospace and advanced manufacturing.”

Engineering Apprentices Recognised At Awards Ceremony

Training 2000, the largest Group Training Association in England, hosted its annual Engineering on 29 November 2013 recognising learners and businesses from across the country.

The glittering awards ceremony, held at Visions Learning Trust UTC, a University Technical College, in Burnley, which specialises in engineering and construction, saw more than 50 trophies awarded to a number of businesses and apprentices aged between 18 and 39, for their achievements.

Eighteen-year-old William Wallis, who works for East Lancashire Hospitals, received the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award for his excellent commitment and performance as well as a trophy for In Company NVQ Level 2 Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance.

Speaking at the ceremony, William said: “I am really surprised to have won these awards! I wasn’t expecting to win I enjoy my course and have learnt lots of new skills which I’ve been able to take back into my company. I am so proud to have been given these awards in recognition of my achievement.”

Training 2000’s engineering manager, Paul Duerden, said: “The annual Engineering Awards are always a great way to reward our learners’ efforts. They all work very hard, show commitment and determination and we believe this should always be recognised.

“The calibre of learners this year was very high as usual. Recently the news has mentioned a shortage of engineers, however with the array of accolades awarded it is clear that the future of engineering is bright. We are pleased to be able to attract female engineers to follow a career in the industry, and many of our female apprentices have won awards. ”

Here is a list of all the award winners:

Award Name
Young Apprentice of the Year Luke Allison
1st Year Off-the- Job Conventional Machining Aimee Grime
1st Year CNC Apprentice of the Year George Skocki
1st Year Off-the- Job Fitting 2nd Place Sam Bottomly
1st Year Off-the-Job Fitting 1st Place Paul Bigland
1st Year Off-the-Job Fabrication & Welding 2nd Place Paul Bigland
1st Year Off-the-Job Fabrication & Welding 1st Place Sam Bottomly
1st Year Off-the-Job Design Benjamin Smith
1st Year-Off-the-Job Maintenance Martin Allen
1st Year-Off-the-Job Electrical Jonathan Braithwaite
1st Year Nuclear Apprentice of the Year Ashley Hodgeon
Recognition for Behavioural Safety Team Naomi Quinn
George Brankin
Sam Parkinson
Jordan Crossley
Henry Watkins
Jack Stanworth
Jack Adamson
1st Year Off-the-Job Most Improved (LP Technology Award) Shane Taylforth
1st Year Off-the-Job H&S Award George Brankin
1st Year Off-the-Job APP Year 3rd Paul Bigland
1st Year Off-the-Job APP Year 2nd Jonathan Braithwaite
1st Year Off-the-Job App Year 1st Shane Hall
FE C&G Fabrication Kyle Myers
FE C&G Manufacturing Anthony Taylor
FE BTEC National Mechanical Stephen Baker
FE BTEC National Electrical Damien Dutton
FE BTEC National Maintenance David Magee
FE BTEC National Fabrication Brett Ashley
FE Higher National Mechanical Adam Berry
FE Higher National Maintenance Sam Tattersall
FE Higher National Electrical Shaun Valentine
In Company NVQ2 Elec/Mech Maintenance William Wallis
In Company NVQ2 Fabrication/ Welding Sam Richardson
In Company NVQ2 Technical Support Daniel Richardson
In Company Intermediate APP Of The Year William Wallis
In Company NVQ3 Mechanical Maintenance Thomas Middleton
In Company NVQ3 Electrical Maintenance Matthew Cotton
In Company NVQ3 Fabrication/ Welding Bernard Varlyam
In Company NVQ3 Electrical Daniel Holden
In Company NVQ3 CNC Machining 1st Place Daniel Harland
In Company NVQ3 CNC Machining 2nd Place Ryan Worthington
In Company NVQ3 Technical Support Benn Farnworth
In Company NVQ4 Leadership Tamas Bodis
In Company Advanced APP Of The Year Daniel Harland
Outstanding Commitment to Training & Development James Cropper
Inspiring Engineers Careers Award Graham Engineering
Employer of The Year Award Rolls Royce PLC

Training 2000 Welcomes First Powered Access Learners

Training 2000 has launched a dedicated International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training centre and welcomed its first cohort of learners.
The group, from BAE Systems, is the first to complete the IPAF training course at the newly-accredited centre, based on Challenge Way in Blackburn.

Delivered by qualified IPAF instructors, the course provides on-site and in-situ training for people who work with powered access equipment, such as cherry pickers, fork lift trucks and scissor lifts.

On successful completion of the course, operators will receive an IPAF PAL card allowing them to work in any environment that involves the use of such equipment.

Operating powered access machinery has an element of risk involved, making the accreditation an essential qualification for the likes of scaffolders, construction workers, window cleaners, warehouse operatives and maintenance professionals.

As the training centre has close links to the M65 motorway, the course will be easily accessible for learners across East Lancashire.

Janette Bury, business manager of forklift truck and logistics at Training 2000, said: “We are delighted to be an IPAF accredited centre and offer this qualification as it is an essential safety requirement in many industries.

“Now that the first learners have completed their course, we are expecting more demand and as the centre is also delivering Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) courses for LGV drivers we are confident that the centre will attract learners from across the county.”

Tim Whiteman, CEO and managing director of the International Powered Access Federation, said:”IPAF operator training is available in 28 countries and nine languages, but we are especially glad to add Training 2000 to the list of accredited training centres as they are just 50 miles from our head office in Cumbria – we wish them great success.”


Ex-Apprentice Leads Drive For Recruitment

When Jaydee Davis qualified with an Apprenticeship, she didn’t expect her future career to involve managing other young people looking to gain the same qualification.Jaydee, 28, completed a Level 2 and Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship at Cummins Mellor Recruitment with the support of Blackburn-based Training 2000, the biggest Group Training Association in England, before starting her role in HR and recruitment at the People 2 People Group in 2011.

The People 2 People Group, based in Blackburn, specialises in several areas within the financial services sector. Their companies include Quickdox, Credit Agreement, Precision Claims, Wise Appointments and Wise Review.
As Group HR and Recruitment Manager, Jaydee is responsible for 150 staff at head office and the ongoing recruitment of 500 self-employed representatives working across the UK.

As an ex-apprentice who has worked her way up the career ladder, Jaydee has an in-depth understanding of what it takes to succeed and now advises 20 learners looking to achieve Apprenticeships in Business Administration and Customer Service.

Speaking from her own past experience, Jaydee, said: “From an academic point of view, I didn’t enjoy school, so I was happy to jump straight into a working environment and earn money whilst gaining a nationally-recognised qualification.

“It’s really rewarding to be able to advise other apprentices in my current role as I recognise that starting out as a young learner and getting used to the working world can be a tough process.
“As a recruitment specialist, I would advise any young learner to choose the right company, show great work ethic, take all feedback on board and most importantly, accept that you have to start at the beginning and learn the basics of any role.

“Currently, employers are looking to find candidates with the requisite skills and work-ready experience as well as the necessary qualifications, demonstrating that Apprenticeships are the perfect route for young people.”
Rowena Brough, business manager at Training 2000, said: “Jaydee is a prime example of how a successful Apprenticeship can lead to great career prospects.

“She always worked hard and received positive feedback from her employer, demonstrating that learners with the right attitude and willingness to learn will always succeed in the future.”

Enhance your IT Skills For The Future

Training 2000 has launched a new IT User Apprenticeship in response to employer requests and learner demand.

Combining virtual learning and employer led on-the-job training, the Apprenticeship is available at both Level 2 and Level 3 and learners will gain the skills and knowledge required to be competent in many IT roles.

Rowena Brough, business manager at Training 2000, said: “Due to constant advancements in technology, an increasing number of employers are looking to recruit young, skilled IT users who can fulfil roles in support, resource development, social networking and software.

“As many administration Apprenticeships are not heavily dependent on IT skills, employers are hoping the IT User apprenticeship will fill this skills gap and encourage more young people to pursue a career in the industry.

“We are delighted to add the IT User Apprenticeship to our portfolio as this qualification will help employers to keep up with ever-changing developments in technology.

“Learners will also have the opportunity to gain the requisite skills and knowledge needed to succeed in IT-specific roles, helping to prevent a shortage of IT staff across all sectors and industries.”

To undertake the new Apprenticeship qualification, learners will need to have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade D or above, including a relevant ICT qualification